Take walk around any shopping street and you’ll see the red signs luring you into retailers’ January sales. This, being the week before the first payday of the year, is not one to go on a blowout, but you can still treat yourself if you know where to look.
O’Briens Wine has just announced their winter red promotion, with “buy one get the second half price” deals on numerous bottles that are just ideal for the chilly weekend ahead.
Below, three wines for the weekend among my favourites from the sale…
Smart Dog Syrah
€14.95 – Available at O’Briens Wine (Buy 1 Get 2nd 1/2 Price)
This playful Portuguese Syrah offers a fruit-forward, light body red with a kick. It offers aromas of ripe juicy cherries and blackberries with the peppery spiciness we know and love from Syrah.
With soft tannins and balanced, easy to drink character, it is friendly and easy to like, one to crack open with a meaty pizza and Netflix’s finest!
Gérard Bertrand Solensis
€17.95 – Available at O’Briens Wine (Buy 1 Get 2nd 1/2 Price)
This Syrah-Grenache blend from the Languedoc pays an organic homage to the solar system. A plentiful cornucopia of ripe red fruits with a gentle sprinkle of sweet spices and pepper.
On the palate, it is vibrant and warming, with moderate tannins and a smooth body. It will instantly become best friends with a mature cheese and cured meats selection.
Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Zinfandel
€23.95 – Available at O’Briens Wine (Buy 1 Get 2nd 1/2 Price)
This rich and velvety Californian Zin from Mendocino County is an open book, exuberant and generous, it brings instant gratification to nose and palate.
With moderate tannins and a balanced combination between plums, blackberry preserve, and ripe cranberries on the fruit front and vanilla, toast and clove on the oaky side, its full body delivers plenty with each sip. One to serve with hearty beef dishes.
Gabriela’s passion for writing is only matched by her love for food and wine. Journalist, confectioner and sommelier, she fell in love with Ireland years ago and moved from Venezuela to Dublin in 2014.
Since then, she has written about and worked in the local food scene, and she’s determined to discover and share the different traditions, flavours and places that have led Irish food and drink to fascinate her.